PG&E ENTERS DEP PROGRAM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Two New Jersey facilities have become the fourth and fifth organizations
in the state to be accepted into a new state program that promotes pollution
prevention and environmental excellence.
At two signing ceremonies today, at the PG&E National Energy Group's
Logan and Carney's Point facilities, State Environmental Protection Commissioner
Bob Shinn explained that the state's Silver & Gold Track Program for Environmental
Performance is a voluntary, partnership approach to provide creative solutions
for more effective environmental management in New Jersey. To be eligible,
a company must have a good environmental record for at least the past
five years, with all plans, permits and approvals in good standing.
"This is an exciting, incentive-based program to demonstrate that when
businesses focus on pollution prevention, energy conservation, innovative
technologies and recycling, it's good for business, and good for the environment,"
said Commissioner Shinn. "By participating in this initiative, National
Energy Group is on track to realize environmental goals and economic gains."
Under the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Silver Track
program, eligible companies are provided incentives such as public recognition,
expedited permit processing, and a single point of contact within DEP,
for committing to achieve demonstrable and measurable improvements in
their environmental performance. In the second level of the program, Silver
Track II, participants also must achieve verifiable reductions in greenhouse
gas emissions, and, in turn, are offered a degree of operational flexibility.
In the third level, Gold Track, participants also must reduce other hazardous
air pollutants, commit to enhanced handling, treatment and storage of
hazardous wastes, reduce water consumption and water discharges and undertake
other energy efficiency and pollution prevention activities.
Both National Energy Group facilities in Logan and Carney's Point are
participating in the new state program. Other Silver Track participants
include the New Jersey Air National Guard, 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor
Twp., New Brunswick Plating Co. and the Naval Air Engineering Station
For more information on the program, contact the DEP Office
of Pollution Prevention and Permit Coordination at 609-292-3600 or